Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

We don't need researchers to tell us that more people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot -- we can see it, hear it and experience it ourselves! While this is all great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner, of course.

Image: street intersectionWe developed the PAL campaign because we want everyone to know how they can easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being Predictable, Alert and Lawful, or being a PAL (both in the friendly neighbor kind of way, and in accordance with the acronym). We think if more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether we're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

11 Metrorail stops are located in Arlington.

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
2110
Ballston Connector
328
Bluemont Connector
203
CC Connector
723
Clarendon EB bike lane
192
Crystal SB bike lane
123
Custis Bon Air Park
1328
Custis Rosslyn
1692
Fairfax EB bike lane
166
Joyce St NB
41
Joyce St SB
35
Key Bridge East
1142
Key Bridge West
788
Military NB bike lane
49
Military SB bike lane
36
MVT Airport South
2598
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
460
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1537
TR Island Bridge
1414
WOD Bon Air Park
1199
WOD Bon Air West
1774
WOD Columbia Pike
1002
WOD East Falls Church
1449
Wilson WB bike lane
265

Peds counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
319
Ballston Connector
363
Bluemont Connector
325
CC Connector
508
Custis Bon Air Park
466
Custis Rosslyn
368
Joyce St NB
93
Joyce St SB
112
Key Bridge East
3056
Key Bridge West
1191
MVT Airport South
288
Roosevelt Bridge
117
TR Island Bridge
796
WOD Bon Air Park
1792
WOD Bon Air West
664
WOD Columbia Pike
569
WOD East Falls Church
629

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
7344840
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